inauthentic Ethiopian injera

23 Dec

although this takes time to cook each crepe/flatbread/injera/whatever, it is really very easy. The texture is right-on but the sourness is slightly lacking – but taking out the days of fermenting is much easier.

-makes 7-8 – ten inch injera

2 cups wrist-temperature water
1 1/2 tsp sugar
1 1/2 tsp active dry yeast*
1 1/2 cups teff flour**
1/2 cup AP flour**
1 tsp salt
spray oil
pan with a lid

1. Whisk together the water, sugar and yeast until dissolved, and then let sit for a few minutes for the yeast to activate.
2. whisk in the flours and salt, and then whisk briskly for a couple of minutes (I use the kitchenaid for this). Cover with plastic wrap and let sit for an hour or two.
3. heat the pan over medium low. Spray oil and then put the batter down in a spiral fashion, tilting and turning to cover the bottom of the pan with thin layer (I use a batter pourer and a 10″ pan for this because I have them, but you can ladle the batter if you wish and use whatever size pan you have, so long as it has a lid). Cover and cook for two minutes.
4. Uncover and cook another 1 minute. the top will be springy and dry and the edges kind of come off the pan.
5. remove and stack on a plate. Repeat steps 3-4 until the batter is all used up, remembering to spray the pan before pouring the batter.

*traditional injera is made without yeast and a long ferment period. The yeast makes the process quicker. Sourdough starter could accomplish the taste. Using less yeast (1/2 tsp?) and a longer ‘rise’ period (overnight?) could also make the injera a little more sour.
**traditional injera uses 100% teff flour. I got it @ Whole Foods with the Bob’s Red Mill flours. It is expensive. Teff flour gives it a more spongy/holey texture. Wheat flour makes it easier to handle and cheaper. You can use any combo of the two to equal 2 cups (using 100% AP flour would not be traditional, but more of a yeasted crepe, but definitely easier in terms of availability/cost). I have also heard of people using buckwheat flour instead of teff, although I have not tried it, it could be a viable option and also cheaper.

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